A: There are so many people out there claiming to be experts who know the answer to weight loss and a healthy diet. I was fed up with having to keep pace with what was okay and not okay for me to eat. I was very confused about what would help me towards my goal of losing weight. I wanted real help, from real people who studied nutrition. When people are sick they go to the doctor, so why should receiving nutrition advice come from anyone other than a dietitian or nutritionist? I knew that if I wanted to get real results and real answers to my questions about eating right, a nutritionist/dietitian was the only way to do it. I chose OnPoint specifically because it was an anywhere, anytime access. I didn’t have to mold my schedule around my appointments or travel. The nutritionists at OnPoint are all online, so I could easily fit them into my schedule. I never would have been able to meet two times a week if it hadn’t been online. That’s another reason I chose OnPoint, because of the frequency. I knew that changing my lifestyle would take a lot of work and a once a month approach wouldn’t work. I liked the fact that at OnPoint we had appointments twice a week. That was exactly what I needed.
A: I have learned that everything is okay in moderation. No more good or bad foods. We focused on healthier choices, yes, but in the end if I wanted to eat a cupcake or go out with coworkers for a team lunch, I could, and I wasn’t messing up my diet. I learned how to incorporate foods I craved into my diet, and to make these changes to create a sustainable lifestyle. I have also learned about portion sizes. I had no idea that 6 oz is roughly the serving size of most vegetables, which meant I was barely getting one serving size of veggies a day before starting with OnPoint. I now have three servings of veggies a day, which is a huge change for me!
I don’t think words can really express how thankful I am that I had Ivy to help me in this lifestyle change. I couldn’t have imagined doing this without her. She is a really honest and genuine person, who lives by the advice she gives, so I looked to her as not only a nutritionist, but also a mentor and friend. We shared recipes, worked through challenges, and found ways to change my previous habits so that I could lead a healthier lifestyle.
A: I've also lowered my body fat percentage and gained a large amount of muscle mass. With regards to BMI, I went from being overweight to now being in the normal category. I have a lot more confidence now, and I am so proud of what I have achieved because of all the hard work I have done to get here. I have also been able to wear clothing I never thought I could pull off, and I am really happy!
I feel different. I remember everything used to feel like it was too hard to do because I didn’t have enough energy to do it. I would be tired for no reason or have an upset stomach or heavy feeling that would keep me from doing things. I now feel ready to spring into action for anything! I feel lighter in the inside, like my body is no longer holding me back physically or mentally. I feel extremely capable to do anything and everything.
I also have a newfound appreciation for foods I never used to like, and have been discovering new foods and flavor combinations I now like. I have also noticed my taste buds have developed more. Things I didn’t use to enjoy, like blueberries, taste different to me now and I love them.
I also have become more active. I am interested in spending my time doing sports because I feel athletic for the first time in my life. I go to the gym all the time and am proud to be a regular. Right now I am thinking about joining a boxing class or an adult gymnastics class to embrace what my body can now do. I am also studying to become a personal trainer!
A: Do it! You will never regret investing in yourself and in your health. It is hard to make a lifestyle change, and that’s why it is so important to have someone that can help. I tried losing weight on my own for a long time, and I didn’t see any results. Even when I had a personal trainer for a few months I still wasn’t losing weight. It wasn’t until I incorporated the advice I got from OnPoint into my life that I actually lost weight for the first time. What have you have to lose?